Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for (Thank goodness it's) Friday!

Is it a bad sign if I feel like every week was a long, tiring week?  Last week Halloween...this week conferences!  But that does mean no school tomorrow! I know one of my students was feeling the same way when he said, "I like to think of today as TGITH (Thank goodness it's Thursday)!"

I'm feeling a bit crazy blogging after a full day of school and an evening of conferences, but I hate not to make my goal of one blog post a week.  So, I'm linking up with one of my favorites, Five for Friday by Doodle Bugs Teaching.



This is the table right outside of my door.  For some reason I came in Wednesday morning and felt the need to hurry up and make some cute signs for it.  Why do I do that to myself when I have a million other things to do?!



I decided to become a picture taking fool this year and create an ever-changing scrapbook page on the window right outside of my classroom.  At conferences parents were able to take a look at the pictures from our Halloween festivities of last week.



Once I have new scrapbook pages to put on the window display, I take the old ones down and add them to this scrapbook.  Normally I keep it in the classroom on the marker board ledge where students can take a look at it.  For conferences, I set it on the table outside my room so waiting parents had something fun to look at.  I was thinking at the end of the year I would make sure all students get to take home at least one of the pages to keep.  




All of my students have a goal of reading 32 books this year, something I tried for the first time last year after reading the inspiring The Book Whisperer.  At conferences this week I communicated to parents how many books their child had completed so far towards the 32 book goal.  


My free set includes a progress report for the midpoint and end of each marking period along with a certificate of completion for reaching their goal.  Check it out at my TPT Store!



Don't you love it when you cross things off your to-do list?  This week I finally got these anchor charts finished and hung up.  


Whenever we finish a read-aloud book, I have my students complete a "The Books We've Shared" Response Sheet.  The students come up with a theme and author's message for the book and give it either a thumbs up or thumbs down rating.  


You can grab this response sheet for free at my TPT Store.  It also comes with the cute bookworm (love him!) and thumbs up/down graphics for your anchor chart.  

Then I have my students work in pairs or small groups to write a summary of the book.  I tell them that I will choose the best summary to write on our class anchor chart.  This really motivates them to do their best, and they can't wait to hear which group's summary has been chosen!  

You can find my Character Trait, Theme, Author's Message, and Summary Graphic Organizers Set at my TPT Store.

Start your great weekend by checking out Five For Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching!


6 comments:

  1. I found your blog through the Five for Friday! We read The Kid in the Red Jacket during the first weeks of school---LOVE that book and we all loved Molly Vera Thompson! Cute blog! I'm ready for the weekend too!
    Kristin
    Fifth Grade Ramblings

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  2. Do you do an anchor chart for every book you share? Just curious. I like it, but it could be a lot of books if you included picture books for mini lessons.

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  3. I only do the anchor charts for the chapter books that we read as a class. That would be a lot if I did them for all the picture books too!

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  4. The signs are really cute! Love the goal of having every student read 32 books...hope they all make it!

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  5. I am the same way when I am super busy and stressed at school, I find myself doing things that don't need to be done at that time and then end up stressing out even more:) I love the book The Book Whisper! I have had my fifth graders complete it the last few years, it is a great challenge. I did it with them the first year and it was a challenge for me to get all 40 books done (reading books my students would read), but I did it!

    Engaging a Creative Classroom

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  6. We have conferences this week so I definitely feel your pain! The end of the quarter is such a tiring time. It's a good thing we get two days off for Thanksgiving at the end of the month to recuperate and get ready for December craziness!!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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